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Notice given 13 October 2003

641  Senator Stott Despoja: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the People’s Republic of China has forbidden Falun Gong practitioners from practising their beliefs and has systematically attempted to eradicate Falun Gong by persecuting its practitioners,

(ii) the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners within China includes torture and murder, and that women are targeted with various forms of sexual violence, including rape, sexual assault and forced abortion, and

(iii) the People’s Republic of China has taken measures to conceal these atrocities, such as the immediate cremation of victims, the blocking of autopsies, and the false labelling of deaths as from suicide or natural causes;

(b) calls on the People’s Republic of China to immediately cease its persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, release all Falun Gong practitioners who are currently in detention, and allow Falun Gong practitioners to pursue their personal beliefs;

(c) welcomes the re-establishment of dialogue between the People’s Republic of China and representatives of the Dalai Lama in September 2002 and its progress since that time;

(d) encourages the People’s Republic of China to increase the level of contact with the Dalai Lama and to proceed with a substantive dialogue on the political status of Tibet;

(e) expresses its deep concern at reports that Tibetan monk Nyima Drapka, who had been imprisoned by the People’s Republic of China since 2002, recently died after being brutally beaten for refusing to recant his separatist beliefs;

(f) calls on the People’s Republic of China to:

(i) immediately release all prisoners being held in relation to non-violent protest activities, such as calling for an independent Tibet,

(ii) make public the whereabouts of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche and others detained and imprisoned in relation to his case, the charges against them, any evidence supporting the charges, and their medical conditions, and

(iii) repeal all laws and regulations which permit it to interfere in religious affairs and which infringe the right to freedom of religion;

(g) urges the People’s Republic of China to agree to an immediate visit, without conditions, by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Religion, who has not visited China since 1994;

(h) notes that the People’s Republic of China continues to restrict the right to freedom of association for workers; and

(i) calls on it to repeal all laws and regulations which prohibit workers from organising collectively, and to ratify International Labour Organisation Conventions 87 and 98, which protect the freedom of association and the right to bargain collectively.

646  Senator Allison: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) that the following motion was adopted unanimously at the National Party of Australia Federal Conference on Sunday, 12 October 2003:

‘That as a matter of urgency, this Conference of the National Party of Australia:

(a) Endorses the strong Federal Coalition policy on Development incentives for the ethanol industry as taken to the last Federal Election,

(b) Supports a 10 year excise exemption for ethanol,

(c) Endorses a mandate of 10% Australian-produced ethanol content for fuel sold in Australia to achieve the Federal Government’s policy of a target of 350 million litre production of biofuel by 2010, and

(d) Notes the ALP and minor parties opposition to ethanol, including their opposition to mandating 10% Australian produced ethanol content for fuel sold in Australia’,

(ii) the significant benefits derived from alternative fuels in terms of air quality, public heath, regional development and energy security, and

(iii) the Government’s May 2003 budget decision to impose an excise on alternative fuels from 2008;

(b) corrects the National Party motion with respect to (d), pointing out that the Australian Democrats strongly support alternative fuels, including ethanol, and made a submission in September 2003 to Cabinet calling for targets to be set to increase alternative fuel use in Australia; and

(c) urges the Government to:

(i) reverse its budget decision and not impose an excise on ethanol, other biofuels, LPG, CNG and LNG for at least 10 years, and

(ii) conduct a review of the timetable and incentives required for industry to meet a mandated level of 10 per cent ethanol content in petrol.